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    Little Saigon and Tendernob

    Little Saigon and the Tendernob are two Tenderloin neighborhoods that are home to large immigrant populations and some of the best food in the city. Join us as we take you on the only food tour of this district and explore the flavors of Asia, the Middle East, and beyond!
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Ways to Stay Relaxed on Your Next Trip to San Francisco

WAYS TO STAY RELAXED ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO

Written by Stephanie James

Taking a vacation and leaving work behind can be harder than it sounds. The average American spends more than 40 hours a week working. We work anywhere and everywhere and find it increasingly difficult to switch off. This drive to keep on top of our workload can make it even harder to relax on vacation. As hard as it can be, relaxing on vacation is good for us and can give us a greater drive and enthusiasm for work when we do return to it. Below are some sure-fire ways to unwind and stay relaxed while on vacation.

 

Take a relaxing tour

When we’re visiting somewhere new, it can be tempting to try to see it all and book a tour for every day we are away. Rather than racing around collecting photos for Instagram or show friends and family back home, consider giving yourself some time out. This could be achieved by simply giving yourself a few days off to sit poolside sipping cocktails, or trying a tour that includes spending time in a local spa or having a massage. Deliberately including relaxation days will keep the reason why you headed off on vacation front and center of your mind.

Ocean Beach, San Francisco

Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California

Use your time wisely

If you’re flying to your holiday destination, consider using the time on the plane to unwind and set you up for your vacation. Wear comfortable clothes for your flight, choose a window seat so you can easily rest, drink plenty of water and pack a travel pillow in your carry-on. Many planes now have mindfulness meditation apps available on the inflight entertainment packs, so browse to find something that soothes you. Taking the time to unwind on the plane will have you arriving at your holiday destination calm and ready to enjoy the time away from work.

 

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Do not disturb

Before you go, let your clients and colleagues know you’ll be unavailable. Set up automatic out of office replies for email, switch to vacation mode on project management apps and let key people know that you won’t be checking emails or messages for a specified period. Doing so gives you permission to switch off from work and be present on your vacation so you can really relax.

 

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

De Young Museum Observation Deck, Golden Gate Park

Schedule reading time

Take a few books you’ve been meaning to read. Or if you’re packing light, load up a kindle or e-reader with some titles you’re keen to consume. Whichever format you choose, reading requires you to sit still, pay close attention and be quiet – the perfect conditions for relaxing. What’s more, reading is very good for you. You can learn something new, increase your emotional intelligence and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

With a little preparation and determination, a vacation doesn’t need to leave you frazzled and needing a break when you get back. Take the time to prepare and be mindful to slow down and adopt a relaxed pace while you’re away. You’ll thank yourself for it and return to work feeling refreshed and ready for new challenges.

Enjoy exploring a new place, but don’t get caught too up in the hustle and bustle of visiting a new place. Vacationing is about self-care, so make sure you’re giving your mind and body a rest too.  Now that you know how to stay relaxed during your trip, it’s time to start planning! Visit http://www.exploresanfrancisco.biz/ for the best tours, attractions, and hotels in the San Francisco area.

Written by Stephanie James
Stephanie James is an up and coming freelance blogger and lives in North Carolina. She specializes in Travel-Blogging and other topics, she can be reached here

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